WASHINGTON (May 7, 2014) ― NGAUS today released the following statement by retired Maj. Gen. Gus Hargett, the NGAUS president, on new Senate legislation (S.2295) that would create a National Commission on the Future of the Army:
“National Guardsmen across the country are indebted to the Senate National Guard Caucus for introducing legislation yesterday that would take an independent, unbiased look at how best to structure the Army for 2020 and beyond.
“Such a look would give the Army National Guard the fair hearing it didn’t get in the Pentagon, one that provides Guard value and capabilities the consideration they deserve and the defense of this nation requires.
“Also of note is that the legislation allows many of the Army’s cost-avoidance measures to move forward. This should allay Army concerns that an independent look would delay many of the cuts required by sequestration.
“The only costs that should concern anyone now are those the nation’s defense could bear by rushing forward with irreversible changes to the Total Army that many observers think are wrong.”
Related: Senate National Guard Caucus release
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About NGAUS: The association includes nearly 45,000 current or former Guard officers. It was created in 1878 to provide unified National Guard representation in Washington. In their first productive meeting after Reconstruction, militia officers from the North and South formed the association with the goal of obtaining better equipment and training by petitioning Congress for more resources. Today, 136 years later, NGAUS has the same mission.